Cass Art Manchester

Islamic Geometry

Weekend Workshops

Saturday full day workshops,

£44, 11 to 5pm


30th May: Patterns from Damascus

20th June: Andalusian Patterns

26th Sept: Patterns from Cairo

24th Oct: Patterns from Bukhara & Samarkand

28th Nov: Patterns from Mughal India

Sunday half day workshops,

£22, 11.30 to 2.30pm


31st May: Pattern from Damascus

21st June: An Andalusian Pattern

27th Sept: A Pattern from Cairo

25th Oct: A Pattern from Bukhara & Samarkand

29th Nov: A Pattern from Mughal India

Book three Saturday places for £120 (£40 each) or three Sunday places for £60 (£20 each) by using the multi buy option from the drop down menu.

Book both a Saturday & Sunday for any month for a combined price of £60 to spend a weekend indulging in pattern and colour. Choose the weekend option from the drop down menu.


Whether you come to the one day Saturday or half day Sunday workshops, the principle of what we'll do remains the same: We draw layers of lines and circles step by step using a compass and straight edge and create a complex underlying grid. From this a beautiful pattern emerges.  We outline, trace and transfer the pattern to watercolour paper, to be decorated using watercolour pencils & paints.


In our full day Saturday workshops, we'll explore several patterns before choosing the one(s) that will be brought to life with colour. On Sundays, we will take one pattern through the stages to complete a colourful piece in watercolours.

The patterns created will be different for all workshop, So you can attend one or both of the weekend dates and learn something different each and every time. Each weekend will have a theme to allow us to gain greater insight in that particular era, location or family of patterns. Each time we'll journey back in time to a different part of the Islamic Lands to celebrate the intellect of the unknown artists and geometers who created such beauty.


All the workshops are suitable for participants aged 14+, no experience is needed and all resources & materials are provided.  A pack of watercolour, tracing and drawing paper is given to each participant, with spare papers to take home. A step by step PDF guide for the patterns created in the workshop is also emailed to every participant.  Maximum capacity of 12, so please book your place in advance using the PayPal button. Any questions, feel free to contact me. All bookings receive a confirmation by email, please be sure your check your PayPal account email address junk mail or spam folder.



If more than 14 days in advance of the workshop: A full refund or transfer to an equivalent workshop on an alternative date.

If 7 to 14 days in advance of the workshop: I can transfer your place to an equivalent workshop on an alternative date.

Less than 7 days in advance of the workshop:  I’m afraid I am unable to offer a refund nor transfer to an equivalent workshop on an alternative date.  I appreciate that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend, so please do consider sending along a friend to take your place. I would need their name and contact details prior to the workshop.

The Art Space, Cass Art Manchester, 55-57 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR

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